Tags archives: Ikea

  • 3-year homeaversary!!!

  • ...or shall I say mortgage-aversary? Either way we've been in our house for three years now! Four more years and we either have to refinance or move (we have 7 ARM mortgage). For some it may seem like far away, but I like to plan ahead (you can't spell mortgage without "gag"). Also, we thought we would be much further on our house projects than we are t[...]
  • Office Cable Management

  • The aesthetic issue with office spaces is that there are usually lots of cables. And let's face it, cables aren't pretty. With two computers and two lamps, our goal was to minimize cable visibility as much as possible. First, we mounted the power strip under the desk. Second, Dmitry used Signum from Ikea to bundle all the excess cable in one pl[...]
  • IKEA BISSA Shoe Organizer

  • I am really bad at putting things back in place. Especially when it comes to shoes (looks like I also suck at wiping mirrors...) Since our coat closet is occupied by paint cans and dirty rags, which we are saving for future house renovations projects, our main storage for show was this little tiny shelf from Target. As you can see, I am not very g[...]
  • White Christmas 2014

  • This winter has been very warm in our neck of the woods. I am not sure if it's the weather to blame or something else, but this year I am struggling to get into Christmas spirit. Usually I have a clear idea of what I want the Christmas decor to be for that year, but I guess this year there have been many other things occupying my mind. We finally put our [...]
  • DIY "Rustic" Shelves

  • Another element that we added to the half bath downstairs (actually, I added alone, Dmitry was busy working on the patio) is rustic shelving. I did not have recycled wood in possession, so we just grabbed some 2"x8" from Home Depot and cut them to the right size. The birch brackets came from Ikea (of course). I distressed the wood using the hammer and a few [...]
  • Patio is done! (for now...)

  • I know I have not been posting much, but we have been working on a lot of little (and some big) projects here and there. The bigger project was the half-bath update, which is almost ready for reveal (not yet though). We've also added a new chandelier, new dining table, and I spent 5 hours paining 3 interior doors (more on that in posts to come). One thing[...]
  • DIY Patio Border Fence

  • It may look like there has not been much going on in our residence over the past 2 weeks, the opposite is actually true. We have 2 projects going at the same time: patio and half bathroom downstairs. The half bath is going much slower than planned, painting the cabinets has been compromised by the Texas heat and humidity. It's either raining, too humid, [...]
  • Ikea+Lego Hack

  • This project is brought to you, by yours truly, my sidekick- Dmitry :). Don't worry, he's not offended to play the role of Robin in our house renovation mission. Anyways, he was really excited to do an Ikea hack of his own, and after getting frustrated with me over and over for misplacing my keys, he came up with this awesome project that required that r[...]
  • Bedroom Art

  • It's been pending for several weeks (if not months) now to add some art to the Master Bedroom. But as with everything else, it took forever to decide on the art. I decided on the frames pretty quickly (we went with STRÖMBY from Ikea), but choosing art was a bit more complex and the odd size (19 ¾ x 27 ½") of the frames didn't make it any easier. I knew I [...]
  • Ikea RAST Hack: upholster and stain

  • I've been looking for nightstands for over three months. I couldn't decide what I wanted and then I came across this beauty from Pier 1. But when I showed it to Dmitry, he wasn't impressed and at $350 a piece, it was just too much of a risk to order something he might hate. After all, we should both have a say in the way the room looks (key word h[...]